What I’ve been reading lately, plain February edition

Winterkeep, by Kristin Cashore. I had some problems with this one, though I did read it all the way through, not just once but twice. Kristin Cashore is one of “my” writers and so her works get a level of trust from me that many other authors’ don’t. For this reason I found reading Winterkeep … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, plain February edition”

What I’ve been reading lately, returning sun edition

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie “And the Ones Who Walk In” by Sarah Avery, in Beneath Ceaseless Skies Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss I’ve read more than this over the past few weeks, but I’m having … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, returning sun edition”

What I’ve been reading lately, deep dark midwinter edition

Echo on the Bay by Masatsugu Ono, translated by Angus Turvill – this work is one where I’m super-curious about the choices made by the translator (if only I could read Japanese! I’m making progress with German so maybe Japanese is next). Das Doppelte Lottchen by Erich Kästner – see, making progress with German, above. … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, deep dark midwinter edition”

What I’ve been reading lately, transition edition

American Gods by Neil Gaiman Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, by Robert Macfarlane The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yōko Ogawa The Empress of Salt and Fortune, by Nghi Vo The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming, by Sienna Tristen

What I’ve been reading lately, nightmare autumn edition

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (DNF) The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald It’s autumn, getting on towards Halloween – usually, my favorite time of year. But this year I am weighed down, and though I am making an effort … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, nightmare autumn edition”

What I’ve been reading lately, 100+ degrees Fahrenheit edition

The Changeling by Victor Lavalle The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker Vita Nostra by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko It is hot. The world continues to be difficult. But there is reading. I was completely blown away by The Changeling … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, 100+ degrees Fahrenheit edition”

What I’ve been reading lately: summertime book-and-ice-tea edition

Not beach reads, but things I’m reading outside with a jar of ice tea at my side… Babylon Berlin (English translation of Der Nasse Fisch, not the TV series) by Volker Kutscher Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorell Thunder and Lightning by Natalie Goldberg Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately: summertime book-and-ice-tea edition”

What I’ve been reading lately: searching for clarity edition

The Baron in the Trees, by Italo Calvino Monday’s Not Coming, by Tiffany D. Jackson Old Friend from Far Away, by Natalie Goldberg A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine Not much to say, except doing a lot of reading (more than I’m listing here…I’ve been reading some things at the urgings of others and … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately: searching for clarity edition”

What I’ve been reading lately: lockdown edition (preceded by bonus thoughts on ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES)

When I last wrote one of these, I mentioned I was reading Andersen’s Fairy Tales. Specifically, I was reading “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” a story I knew from many childhood re-tellings but I don’t think I’d ever read in the original before. I remembered it as a story about the truth, and the importance of … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately: lockdown edition (preceded by bonus thoughts on ANDERSEN’S FAIRY TALES)”

What I’ve been reading lately: feels like an apocalypse edition

No, not The Plague, at least not yet! Candide by Voltaire Andersen’s Fairy Tales Sailing to Sarantium (an old favorite) by Guy Gavriel Kay Trinity Sight by Jennifer Givhan (again) And, in the interests of using this time to work on other projects: Dogs: Archaeology Beyond Domestication edited by Brandi Bethke and Amanda Burtt

What I’ve been reading lately, turn of the year edition

This has been a cold, dark couple of weeks for me, but – despite ongoing horrible world news – I am stumbling into 2020 with what feels like cautious optimism. I hope. And the older I get, the more I realize what a gift hope is. Here are some things I have been reading during … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, turn of the year edition”

A clarification, the what I’ve been reading – everything’s crazy edition, and a memory

The clarification This is not a book review blog! The fact is that I am in some ways reluctant to call it a blog at all – it’s just my not-very-organized thoughts, usually but not always about what I am reading – but I don’t really know that there’s any other name for what it … Continue reading “A clarification, the what I’ve been reading – everything’s crazy edition, and a memory”

What I’ve been reading lately, thinking about genre edition

I stumbled across this post by Jo Walton recently – http://www.jowaltonbooks.com/genre-pacing-a-question-from-goodreads/. I thought it was interesting at the time, as genre is something with which I sometimes struggle, but it’s grown more interesting to me in the time since, as I’ve read some books that are certainly admirable in many ways but at the same … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading lately, thinking about genre edition”

What I’ve been reading – it’s spring! edition

It hasn’t all been about the Sirens Reading Challenge! I’ve also been reading: Severance, by Li Ma The Pisces, by Melissa Broder The Nordic Baking Book, by Magnus Nilsson New Art of Cookery: A Spanish Friar’s Kitchen Notebook by Juan Altamiras, by Vicky Hayward The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, by Emily and Melissa … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading – it’s spring! edition”

What I’ve been reading, coping with winter edition

Recently finished: The Bloodprint, by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Sirens Reading Challenge book) Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin (re-read; Sirens Reading Challenge book) Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead (reread) Jane, Unlimited, by Kristin Cashore (reread) 2 ARCs from ALA midwinter

What I’ve been reading, long-delayed edition

In no particular order. There are some notable exceptions on this list, but mostly I’ve been feeling meh about what I’ve been reading lately…another reading slump maybe? Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly Commonwealth by Ann Patchett Tomorrow’s Kin by Nancy Kress Ha’penny by Jo Walton Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (companion to Seraphina, … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading, long-delayed edition”

What I’ve been reading, July 2017 travel edition

I had planned to write extensive reviews of the various things I’ve been reading, but the fact is that I’m not great at writing extensive reviews. At least not on demand, and not while traveling, especially not while traveling for work. So instead, here’s what I’ve been reading with a few short thoughts. Acquired at … Continue reading “What I’ve been reading, July 2017 travel edition”

What I’ve been reading

In no particular order… Classic German Baking, by Luisa Weiss Sacrifice, by Cindy Pon My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name, by Elena Ferrante My Calabria, by Rosetta Constantino Authentic Portuguese Cooking, by Ana Patuleia Ortins Telling New Mexico: A New History, ed. Marta Weigle The Iliad, by Homer, trans. Stephen Mitchell

The adventure of reading literature in translation

Anyone looking at my what I’ve been reading lately posts would probably notice: I like to read books in translation. By books in translation I mostly (but not entirely) mean, books originally published in a non-English language that I then read in English. As I’ve discussed here before, one of my all-time favorite novels is … Continue reading “The adventure of reading literature in translation”